Downtown Employee Appreciation Week

Do you work downtown?

September 14-18, 2020

Downtown Milwaukee employees are some of the most resilient folks around. Given the challenges 2020 has delivered, it's time for your hard work to be recognized. Downtown Employee Appreciation Week returns for its 15th year in a safe, physically-distanced format with virtual options too. So whether you're reporting to your post in-person or working remotely, the perks of working downtown still remain.

Now more than ever, we're glad to celebrate you, and we're proud of what it means to be a downtown employee. We hope you enjoy this week as a big "thank you" for making downtown your professional home. 

Most years we give away 1,000 lunches every day to downtown employees. If you usually most look forward to that part of the week, you're not alone! Until we can gather again, try your hand at our virtual alternatives to the Office Challenge Games, and tune in daily on Facebook for a lunchtime concert streaming from the Marcus Center.

There's plenty more to keep you busy throughout the day, from morning meditation to fitness classes, virtual trivia to ballroom dance lessons. Click here to view the Downtown Employee Appreciation Week brochure.

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MKE It Back

Every year we're grateful to the dozens of downtown businesses who donate over 20,000 food items and prizes to celebrate the downtown workforce.

This year, we invite you to turn the tables and show some love to your favorite downtown restaurant, bar, shop or service provider this week. We're leading the way by funding thousands of dollars in downtown purchases and giving them away to you, the downtown workforce. 

As we #MKEitBack together, let's remember and support the businesses that make downtown Milwaukee a fantastic place to work. When we can gather again, we'll raise a glass to the resilient spirit of our collective downtown community.

View open guides, best-of lists, and more #MKEitBack resources.